I'm constantly amazed by the positive attitude of people living with incurable, or degenerative illness. Particularly in the realm of neurological and autoimmune disease.
Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (PD) can either be viewed as an awful life-sentence, a burden to drag you backward....or a blessing in disguise. By blessing, I don't mean it's easy - it's an hourly struggle - but it sure gave me a kick up the pants to change my life.
Do what you love, be with those who understand energy exchange goes both ways, find your passion, don't settle for less than you deserve, and feel gratitude for the beautiful things in life.
In the "feeling-amazing-moments" go out there and live your dream life, on the "not-so-amazing-days" stop feeling guilty for resting. Honour and respect your body for what it can do, instead of focusing on what it can't. It's all in your attitude. I have discovered first hand that a negative attitude only increases the severity of symptoms and side effects, whilst a positive attitude can make the symptoms ease so much that they are almost invisible to others - well almost anyway. Some days the control is better than others, but attitude definitely helps.
This post is a shoutout to many new friends who blow me away with their talent and determination - all have PD, or similar illness, all have at some stage been told by someone that they'll never achieve their life goals now. Every single one of them has chosen instead to make the most of the good days and create beautiful things.
You wouldn't think someone with "the shakes" could paint with such incredible focus and stillness, yet look at the paintings above - created by two amazing friends Ron and Debby - both have young onset Parkinson's disease. My friend Monica, even with her movement difficulties and dyskinesia, teaches yoga. She is a shining example of determined attitude to beat this illness. And she's even off to Parliament next week to create more awareness about PD. You can support her here: http://us12.campaign-archive2.com/?u=448047de5c58775ec39903f3d&id=e6567cb052
Of course, there are so many more friends - way too many to list here, with talents that would blow your mind, despite their health challenges.
What I'm writing here is simply a gentle reminder to "be your own hero" (yes just like my workshop of the same name), to stop making excuses, and go live your own unique dreams. Being told "no" or "you'll never do it" is only more motivation to keep striving and to not give up.
When it comes to myself - Yes it's true that there are many things I cannot do anymore or that I do in a very less-than-graceful way now - but who cares? I'm still moving, I'm learning new ways to do things and am happier now than I've been in a decade or more. Of course there's times when I melt down or feel defeated, but only momentarily, then I'll get back up and get on with it again. PD will not beat this stubborn girl!
Choose your own adventure, create your own ending.
One life. Don't just exist. Live it and love it.
Be your own hero.
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